A kovsh is a traditional Russian drinking vessel or ladle, often used for serving and consuming wine or other beverages. Kovshes are typically made of silver or other precious metals, and are often highly decorative, featuring intricate engravings or embossing. Kovshes were commonly used in Russian households in the 17th and 18th centuries, and were often given as gifts or used in ceremonial settings. They are characterized by their elongated, curved handles, which are often elaborately decorated, and by their shallow, bowl-shaped cups, which are typically wide and flared at the edges. They are often associated with the ornate, decorative style of Russian art and design known as "Old Russian," which flourished during the reign of the Tsars. Many kovshes feature depictions of Russian folklore or history, as well as religious or patriotic motifs.
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